Patient Choice is vitally important to their overall positive experience.
Physical therapists are universally recognized as the practitioners of choice for patients with conditions affecting movement and function.
Direct access empowers patients to take greater control over their health care.
- Patients often feel they have no say in health care decisions made on their behalf. Direct access to physical therapist services allows patients to determine if they want to see a physical therapist or not. They do not have to see a physician first to obtain physical therapy services.
Direct access is about choice.
- The relationship between a patient and his or her physical therapist is very important in the treatment process. Direct access allows patients to choose their own physical therapists, for their own reasons, thereby facilitating a positive treatment process. A patient may or may not feel comfortable with the physical therapist referred by the physician. Location, office hours, insurance limitations, prior experience with physical therapy, and more also may impact a patient's choice of a physical therapist.